Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Houston Texans debuts Aug. 11 on HBO

hbo-texansHBO SPORTS®, NFL FILMS AND THE HOUSTON TEXANS JOIN FORCES FOR

A NEW SEASON OF THE ULTIMATE SPORTS REALITY SERIES WHEN

HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE HOUSTON TEXANS,

CHRONICLING THE RIGORS AND DAILY DEMANDS OF NFL TRAINING CAMP, DEBUTS TUESDAY, AUG. 11, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

HBO Sports, NFL Films and the Houston Texans team up for an all-access look at what it takes to make it in the National Football League when HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE HOUSTON TEXANS debuts in August. The first sports-based reality series – and one of the fastest-turnaround programs on TV – kicks off its five-episode tenth season TUESDAY, AUG. 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. Other hour-long episodes of the 12-time Sports Emmy® Award-winning series debut subsequent Tuesdays at the same time, culminating in the Sept. 8 season finale.

“We are thrilled that the tenth edition of HARD KNOCKS will spotlight a team in a division that we have not featured previously on HBO,” says Ken Hershman, president, HBO Sports. “It’s exciting to feature a team, a franchise and a city for the first time on HARD KNOCKS. We are grateful to Texans chairman Bob McNair, general manager Rick Smith, coach Bill O’Brien and the entire organization for agreeing to participate and look forward to what we expect to be one of the most compelling and interesting seasons in HARD KNOCKS history. The series has become a summertime destination for TV viewers, and we can’t wait for the premiere on August 11.”

“We want to thank Bob McNair, Rick Smith, Bill O’Brien and the entire Houston Texans’ organization for the trust they have in NFL Films by allowing us unprecedented access into their training camp,” says Howard Katz, COO of NFL Films and NFL senior vice president of broadcasting. “We are looking forward to highlighting this team comprised of star players, free-agent newcomers and hopeful rookies as they come together to try to ascend to the top of the AFC South. We are excited to work with both the Texans and HBO Sports to give fans an inside look into the game they love.”

The cinema verité series will focus on the daily lives and routines of players and coaches as the Houston Texans, who play in the hard-nosed AFC South, conduct the franchise’s 14th training camp and prepare for the 2015 NFL season. HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE HOUSTON TEXANS will chronicle second-year head coach Bill O’Brien and an intriguing mix of high-profile veterans, emerging stars, free agents and rookie hopefuls throughout training camp and the four-game preseason schedule. Each week, players will experience drills, instruction, meetings and fun, while striving to prove they have what it takes to make the team and leave their mark on the NFL. The Texans are a team on the rise, with O’Brien improving the team’s record from 2-14 to 9-7 in his first season at the helm.

“We are thrilled to partner with HBO and NFL Films to give fans unprecedented access to our team and organization,” says Texans founder, chairman and CEO Robert C. McNair. “The HARD KNOCKS documentaries do a tremendous job of displaying how an NFL team prepares for the upcoming season. We look forward to showcasing the Houston Texans to a worldwide audience.”

A 30-person NFL Films crew will be at the Texans’ training camp at team headquarters in Houston, shooting more than 1,500 hours of footage over the course of the series. Camera and sound crews will have unencumbered access to the players’ and coaches’ meeting rooms, training rooms, living quarters and practice fields.

“This is an opportunity to provide a behind-the-scenes look at our team as we prepare for the 2015 season,” says Rick Smith, the Texans’ executive vice president of football operations and general manager. “Fans will get a chance to see the great competition that takes place day-in and day-out on the practice field, as well as get to know all the unique personalities on our roster.”

Four summers ago HARD KNOCKS moved its premiere night to Tuesday and the results have been a resounding success. The five-part 2014 series on the NFC South Atlanta Falcons averaged more than 3.6 million viewers per episode, an increase from the show’s 2013 performance. No other sports reality series can match the critical acclaim, awards and audience numbers posted by the HARD KNOCKS franchise.

To date, HARD KNOCKS has earned 12 Sports Emmy® Awards for production excellence. The series launched with the Baltimore Ravens in 2001, followed by the Dallas Cowboys in 2002, and resumed in 2007 with the Kansas City Chiefs, winning the show’s first Sports Emmy®. In 2008, the series returned to the Dallas Cowboys, receiving a second Sports Emmy®. In 2009, HARD KNOCKS spotlighted the Cincinnati Bengals and captured two more Sports Emmy® Awards, for Outstanding Edited Series/Anthology and Outstanding Post-Produced Audio/Sound. In 2010, the New York Jets were featured and the series captured three Sports Emmys®, including Outstanding Edited Series/Anthology. Summer 2012 spotlighted the Miami Dolphins, earning an Emmy® in the category of Outstanding Post-Produced Audio/Sound. The Bengals were featured again in 2013 and the series captured three more Sports Emmys®, for Outstanding Editing, Outstanding Music Composition/Direction/Lyrics and Outstanding Post Produced Audio/Sound. The 2014 series featuring the Falcons was recognized with the Emmy® for Outstanding Music Composition/Direction/Lyrics.

Each of the last five teams featured on HARD KNOCKS has improved its won-loss record in the regular season immediately following the training camp presentation.

TIME called the show “riveting,” while NFL.com hailed the series as “undoubtedly the greatest football program in the history of the television medium.” Business Week observed, “As a workplace drama, it ranks among the best on television,” and New York’s Daily News termed it “the gold standard of sports reality programming.” ESPNW wrote, “The return of the NFL season also means the return of one of the best shows on television, ‘Hard Knocks.’ This rare look at how any given moment can be the end of a season or even a career.” Grantland.com observed, “Hard Knocks is when it really feels like we’re getting football back in our lives.”

HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE HOUSTON TEXANS is narrated by Liev Schreiber.

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Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: New edition May 19

hbo-real-sportsCELEBRATING 20 AWARD-WINNING SEASONS,

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL

INVESTIGATES UNDER-REGULATED WORKOUT SUPPLEMENTS IN THE MILITARY;

CHRONICLES BLIND ATHLETE AND ADVENTURER ERIK WEIHENMAYER; AND

RECONNECTS WITH MMA SENSATION RONDA ROUSEY

WHEN IT RETURNS MAY 19, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

             REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, TV’s most honored sports journalism series, returns with more enterprising features and reporting when the show’s 218th edition debuts TUESDAY, MAY 19 (10:0011:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

For the up-to-the-minute updates about REAL SPORTS, follow on Twitter at @RealSportsHBO or join the conversation using #RealSports.

Segments include:

            *In Harm’s Way. For the United States military, good physical fitness is about more than looking and feeling good. It can also determine career trajectory and save a life in various situations, including combat. So it’s not surprising to find that more than 70% of troops take some sort of supplement, many of them workout supplements marketed with the military in mind. In recent years, an alarming number of service men and women have suffered illnesses and injuries such as liver damage, seizures and heart issues, and several have died, after taking these supplements. REAL SPORTS correspondent Soledad O’Brien presents an eye-opening investigation into the use of under-regulated workout supplements, which can be purchased at GNC stores at military bases around the country, and follows the money trail to the corridors of power in Washington.

Producer: Jake Rosenwasser.

 

            *Erik Weihenmayer. Erik Weihenmayer has scaled the Seven Summits, somersaulted out of airplanes and scrambled up 2,000 foot icefalls like Canada’s Polar Circus. Now he’s taking on what he calls the greatest challenge of his life, an almost 300-mile solo kayak trip down the Colorado River through some of North America’s most violent rapids. What makes this, and all his feats, so remarkable is that the 46-year-old athlete is completely blind, and has been since age 13. REAL SPORTS correspondent David Scott followed Weihenmayer as he tackled Colorado’s terrifying white waters.

Producer: David Scott.

 

                  *Ronda Rousey. In 2013, REAL SPORTS profiled a rising Ronda Rousey, weeks before she became the first female fighter to headline a major UFC event. Since then, she has become one of the most famous female athletes in the world. Business Insider recently named Rousey the most dominant athlete in sports, edging out NBA superstar LeBron James for the top spot. In her five UFC fights, Rousey is undefeated and finished four of her five opponents in the first round. The 28-year-old has raised her profile substantially outside the octagon as well, appearing in the blockbuster film “Furious 7” and the upcoming “The Expendables 3,” in addition to co-authoring the book “My Fight/Your Fight,” which tells her life story. Correspondent Jon Frankel catches up with Rousey to discuss her meteoric rise from talented fighter to global celebrity and learns how she is dealing with newfound fame.

Producers: Tim Walker, Beret Remak.

Throughout 2015, REAL SPORTS features three-to-four-minute segments spotlighting a different comedy star from the HBO family, who closes each show with a personal, unfiltered take on an element of sports. This month, Billy Crystal, who has starred in six solo specials on HBO and appeared on the first REAL SPORTS in 1995, weighs in on sports today and discusses how challenging it is for his grandchildren to connect with today’s sports heroes.

Other HBO playdates: May 19 (3:45 a.m.), 23 (9:30 a.m.), 27 (2:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m.) and 29 (8:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m.), and June 2 (11:30 p.m.), 4 (6:00 p.m., 3:35 a.m.) and 7 (11:00 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: May 21 (11:45 a.m., 8:00 p.m.), 24 (2:30 p.m.) and 26 (7:00 p.m., 2:35 a.m.), and June 16 (1:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.) and 21 (10:30 a.m.)

On May 5, REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL captured two Sports Emmy® Awards, in the Outstanding Sports Journalism and Outstanding Sports News Anthology categories. REAL SPORTS has won Outstanding Sports Journalism Emmys® 16 times and earned 28 Sports Emmy® Awards overall since debuting in 1995.

Follow REAL SPORTS updates on HBO.com/realsports and facebook.com/realsports. Immediately following the debut of this month’s show on May 19, log on to HBO.com/realsports for a special overtime session hosted by Bryant Gumbel.

The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Rick Bernstein; Joe Perskie is senior producer.

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Generates 4.4 Million Plus Domestic Pay-Per-View Buys

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MAYWEATHER vs. PACQUIAO EVENT SHATTERS RECORDS FOR PPV BUYS, PPV REVENUE, LIVE GATE AND MORE

Generates Combined Total Revenues In Excess of $500 Million

NEW YORK (May 12, 2015)—The boxing blockbuster event, Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, shattered the previous record for total pay-per-view buys and now ranks as the highest-grossing pay-per-view of all time.  Initial reports from distributors indicate that the event generated more than 4.4 million U.S. buys and more than $400 million in domestic pay-per-view revenue alone.  With additional revenue from the live gate at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, international television distribution, sponsorships, closed circuit and merchandise sales, the event is expected to generate in excess of $500 million in gross worldwide receipts.  The news was announced jointly by Showtime Networks Inc., a subsidiary of CBS Corporation, and HBO in conjunction with event promoters Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank, Inc.

The welterweight world championship unification bout nearly doubled the previous record of 2.48 million buys generated by the Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather boxing event in 2007 and nearly tripled the record $150 million in U.S. pay-per-view revenue generated by Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez in 2013.

Live gate receipts for the star-studded event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena produced more than $71 million in revenue, dramatically eclipsing the previous live gate record of $20 million (for Mayweather vs. Canelo) for both the sport of boxing and Las Vegas.

Additionally, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao set the record for closed circuit admissions and revenue both in Las Vegas and at establishments nationwide.  The event sold nearly 46,000 closed circuit admissions at MGM Resorts International properties in Las Vegas alone and was available at more than 5,000 bars, restaurants and commercial establishments throughout the U.S.

Distributed in 175 countries worldwide, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao was available in essentially 75 percent of the world’s territories, setting the revenue record for international distribution.

As reported last week, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao drew enormous numbers on social media.  For example, Facebook reported that 37 million unique people contributed more than 115 million interactions from the start of the event to 30 minutes following its completion, a new record for a boxing event.

The May 2 promotion included unprecedented marketing and cross-promotional support from distributors as well as record revenue from the event’s major sponsors.

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao was a 12-round welterweight world championship unification bout promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc., and co-produced and co-distributed by HBO PPV® and SHOWTIME PPV®.

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HBO SPORTS RECEIVES THREE SPORTS EMMY AWARDS

hbo-sportsWinners were announced tonight at the 36th Annual Sports Emmy® Awards in New York City.

HBO® collected three Sports Emmy Awards for 2014 production excellence.

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel captured two awards. Real Sports has now won 28 Sports Emmy Awards since the monthly series debuted in 1995.  16 of those awards have come in the category of “Outstanding Sports Journalism.”  Jon Frankel’s report on Kids & Guns, which captured this year’s trophy for “Outstanding Sports Journalism,” marks his second career Sports Emmy win for his work on Real Sports.

Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Atlanta Falcons, in conjunction with NFL Films, took home the award for ”Outstanding Music Composition.”  This is the 12th Sports Emmy trophy for the acclaimed franchise.

Below are the Sports Emmy Award wins for HBO:

OUTSTANDING SPORTS NEWS ANTHOLOGY

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL (third straight year Real Sports has captured this award)

OUTSTANDING SPORTS JOURNALISM –  (16th all-time win in the category for Real Sports)

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL – KIDS & GUNS (Jon Frankel)

OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION / DIRECTION / LYRICS

HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE ATLANTA FALCONS

For a complete list of wins go to www.emmyonline.org/sports

The 36th Sports Emmy Award winners were revealed May 5, 2015 in New York City at the Frederick P. Rose Hall in the Time Warner Center.

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HBO Sports® Presents the Replay of FLOYD MAYWEATHER VS. MANNY PACQUIAO

hbo-fightHBO SPORTS® PRESENTS THE REPLAY

 FLOYD MAYWEATHER VS. MANNY PACQUIAO,

 SATURDAY, MAY 9, ALONG WITH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®:

CANELO ALVAREZ VS. JAMES KIRKLAND

 HBO Sports presents FLOYD MAYWEATHER VS. MANNY PACQUIAO, the replay of their high-stakes world welterweight unification title fight, SATURDAY, MAY 9 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on HBO. The pay-per-view team, which was ringside at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, calls all the action. The telecast will be available in HDTV.

On Saturday, May 2, boxing’s two biggest superstars met in a showdown that was six years in the making, carried live on pay-per-view, with Mayweather scoring a unanimous decision victory over Pacquiao.

The replay will be paired with the previously announced “World Championship Boxing®” doubleheader from Minute Maid Park in Houston, headlined by the highly anticipated super welterweight collision of Canelo Alvarez and James Kirkland.  The event marks Canelo’s 2015 ring debut.

Other HBO playdates for all three bouts: May 10 (10:30 a.m.) and 11 (11:45 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates for all three bouts: May 10 (3:00 p.m.) and 12 (11:30 p.m.)

Official Trailer – Mayweather/Pacquiao: At Last

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Premiering Saturday, April 18th, Mayweather/Pacquiao: At Last is a one-hour film chronicling the nearly six-year journey to the most anticipated fight of the modern era, featuring an inside look at Manny Pacquiao’s preparations for Floyd Mayweather.

Russell Wilson, Jim Harbaugh & Chris Rock Headline Tuesday’s All-New Real Sports

hbo-real-sportsCELEBRATING 20 AWARD-WINNING SEASONS,

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL

GOES ONE-ON-ONE WITH MICHIGAN HEAD FOOTBALL COACH JIM HARBAUGH;

PROFILES SEATTLE SEAHAWKS QUARTERBACK RUSSELL WILSON; AND

REVISITS THE DEBATE OVER CHEWING TOBACCO IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

WHEN IT RETURNS APRIL 21, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

 

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, TV’s most honored sports journalism series, returns with more enterprising features and reporting when the show’s 217th edition debuts TUESDAY, APRIL 21 (10:0011:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

For the up-to-the-minute updates about REAL SPORTS, follow on Twitter at @RealSportsHBO or join the conversation using #RealSports.

Segments include:

(Jim Harbaugh at The Big House with correspondent Andrea Kremer.)

*Jim Harbaugh. After his bumpy departure from the San Francisco 49ers, Jim Harbaugh left the Bay Area with many questions unanswered. Now settled in as head football coach at the University of Michigan, the 51-year-old sits down with REAL SPORTS correspondent Andrea Kremer to talk about his falling-out with the 49ers and how it landed him back where his father was an assistant under legendary head coach Bo Schembechler and Harbaugh himself was quarterback of the football team. Kremer learns that Harbaugh’s fiery demeanor and win-at-any-cost mentality may have contributed to this career move – and that he has no plans of toning down his passion any time soon.

Producers: Josh Fine, Beret Remak.

(Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson with host Bryant Gumbel.)

            *Seattle’s Savior. When you toss the biggest interception in Super Bowl history, how do you cope? REAL SPORTS host Bryant Gumbel travels to San Diego, where Russell Wilson, the Seattle Seahawks’ superstar quarterback, spends the offseason to speak with him about that ill-fated play, witness his grueling workouts and see how he’s handling the criticism. Gumbel also gets a behind-the-scenes look at the former two-sport star as he trains with the Texas Rangers, who own his baseball rights, at spring training and learns that the University of Wisconsin product may aspire to play the two sports professionally one day.

Producer: Nick Dolin.

(Tony Gwynn, Jr. speaking with correspondent Jon Frankel.)

            *Big League Chew. When baseball great Tony Gwynn died last summer from salivary gland cancer at age 54, smokeless tobacco in Major League Baseball became a hot topic yet again. It’s estimated that a third of MLB players chew or dip smokeless tobacco – a number new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred would like to see reduced to zero. When REAL SPORTS correspondent Jon Frankel first examined the issue in May 2011, he discovered why this controversial custom is permitted, why so many players use when the health risks are well documented and how its popularity among the game’s elite affects the players of tomorrow. Now, Frankel sits down with Manfred to get the league’s current stance on the issue and hears from Gwynn’s son, major leaguer Tony Jr., who knows all too well about the toll smokeless tobacco can take.

Producers: Tim Walker, Nisreen Habbal.

Throughout 2015, REAL SPORTS features three-to-four minute segments spotlighting a different comedy star from the HBO family, who closes each show with a personal, unfiltered take on an element of sports. This month, longtime HBO favorite Chris Rock offers his take on African-Americans and baseball.

Other HBO playdates: April 21 (2:45 a.m.), 23 (9:00 a.m., 5:15 p.m.), 25 (12:45 a.m.), 26 (12:45 p.m.) and 29 (6:00 p.m., 4:10 a.m.), and May 2 (10:00 a.m.; 6:00 p.m. PT only) and 6 (1:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: April 27 (8:00 p.m.) and 30 (9:45 p.m.), and May 3 (3:00 p.m.), 5 (4:45 p.m.), 9 (9:30 a.m.), 12 (11:45 a.m., 2:15 a.m.), 14 (11:30 p.m.) and 18 (4:00 p.m.)

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is available on multiple platforms, including HBO On Demand® and HBO GO®.

On March 24, REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL received five nominations for the 2015 Sports Emmy® Awards, in the Outstanding Sports Journalism and Outstanding Sports News Anthology categories. The winners will be announced May 5.

Follow REAL SPORTS updates on HBO.com/realsports and facebook.com/realsports. Immediately following the debut of this month’s show on April 21, log on to HBO.com/realsports for a special overtime session hosted by Bryant Gumbel.

The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Rick Bernstein; Joe Perskie is senior producer.

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The Fight Game with Jim Lampley returns April 14

fight-game-hboTHE FIGHT GAME WITH JIM LAMPLEY returns with a new edition TUESDAY, APRIL 14 (11:0011:30 pm. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. Hosted by the four-time Sports Emmy® winner, who has been the host of HBO Boxing since joining the network in 1988, the show is a provocative, engaging and informative experience that delves into intriguing storylines, newsmakers and issues that are top-of-mind in boxing.

Other HBO playdates: April 14 (5:30 a.m.), 18 (12:45 a.m.), 19 (12:45 p.m.), 21 (10:15 a.m.), 22 (9:45 p.m.), 23 (11:00 a.m., 3:35 a.m.), 25 (10:15 a.m.) and 29 (4:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: April 16 (8:30 p.m.), 20 (4:30 p.m.), 24 (3:30 p.m.), 26 (3:00 p.m.), 27 (1:45 a.m.), and 29 (11:30 p.m.), and May 1 (10:15 a.m.) and 3 (9:30 a.m.)

HBO On Demand® availability begins April 16. The show will also be available on HBO GO®.

On this edition of THE FIGHT GAME, commentators Max Kellerman and Michelle Beadle join Lampley for a look at the biggest news stories and personalities in the sport. This month, Beadle reports from Las Vegas on the big business generated by the May 2 Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao mega-fight; the show marks the 30th anniversary of Hagler-Hearns, one of the sport’s most spectacular battles; Lampley looks at how the history of American heavyweight champions shapes the April 25 Wladimir Klitschko-Bryant Jennings bout; and he presents an all-new edition of the Gatti list.

Immediately following the program, fight fans can log on to hbo.com for an exclusive overtime segment hosted by Lampley.

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel returns with a special NCAA edition March 24

hbo-real-sportsCELEBRATING 20 AWARD-WINNING SEASONS,

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL PRESENTS AN NCAA SPECIAL,

EXAMINING THE FINANCIAL IMPACT OF INJURIES ON FORMER ATHLETES AND

EXPLORING THE GROWING MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS OF STUDENT-ATHLETES,

ALONG WITH SPECIAL ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS

WHEN IT RETURNS MARCH 24, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, TV’s most honored sports journalism series, departs from its usual format for a special look at the NCAA and its treatment (or as some allege, mistreatment) of student-athletes when the show’s 216th edition debuts TUESDAY, MARCH 24 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

For the up-to-the-minute updates about REAL SPORTS, follow on Twitter at @RealSportsHBO or join the conversation using #RealSports.

Segments include:

*The Wreckage. The stakes are high when a college athlete suffers a serious injury and a possible pro career hangs in the balance. Injuries sustained on the field can not only leave devastating scars and require years of painful rehabilitation, but also create mounds of debt that become the athlete’s legacy long after the headlines fade.

Correspondent Bernard Goldberg meets with numerous former college student-athletes who endured massive injuries and discovers that once players are no longer at school, they’re typically on their own to pay medical bills and support their debilitated bodies. He speaks to players from the University of Washington, Oklahoma University, Eastern Illinois University and Illinois State University, who document financial difficulties stemming from medical expenses and the lack of earning potential resulting from injuries suffered while representing their colleges. REAL SPORTS also talks to national health and labor experts, asking how the NCAA and the schools have been able to avoid paying for these injuries and sidestep labor protections available to nearly every worker in all 50 states.

Producer: Josh Fine.

            *Under the Radar. College athletes are often regarded as well-rounded young adults, brimming with self-confidence and good character, and in peak physical condition. However, a sizable number of them are currently being diagnosed as clinically depressed. REAL SPORTS correspondent Jon Frankel examines this alarming mental health crisis and discovers that many athletes report feeling overwhelmed by team responsibilities, performance mandates and academic workloads, while suffering under increasingly abusive coaches who often control their athletic and academic future. Frankel sits down with the NCAA’s chief medical officer, a workplace abuse expert and former NCAA athletes to learn more.

Producer: Josh Fine.

To lend perspective, host Bryant Gumbel will lead spirited discussions following both segments, with panelists discussing the two pieces and tackling related issues at a time when interest in college athletics is exceptionally high.

Throughout the 2015 season, REAL SPORTS features three-to-four minute segments spotlighting a different comedy star from the HBO family, who will close each show with a personal, unfiltered take on some element of sports. This month, comedian Lewis Black takes on the NCAA.

Other HBO playdates: March 24 (2:40 a.m.), 26 (1:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m.), 29 (11:00 a.m.) and 31 (4:00 p.m.), and April 1 (10:45 a.m., 6:00 p.m.), 4 (11:30 a.m.), 6 (12:10 a.m.) and 9 (3:00 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: March 27 (5:45 p.m.) and 31 (8:30 p.m.), and April 2 (2:40 p.m., midnight), 7 (11:00 a.m.), 11 (4:30 p.m.), 16 (1:10 a.m.) and 19 (2:45 p.m.)

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is available on multiple platforms, including HBO On Demand® and HBO GO®.

REAL SPORTS was recognized by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication with a 2012 George F. Peabody Award for broadcast excellence. It is the only sports program ever honored with two duPont Awards, first in 2005 and again in 2012. Debuting April 2, 1995, the series has captured the Sports Emmy® for Outstanding Sports Journalism 15 times, receiving 26 Sports Emmys® overall.

Follow REAL SPORTS updates on HBO.com/realsports and facebook.com/realsports. Immediately following the debut of this month’s show on March 24, log on to HBO.com/realsports for a special overtime session hosted by Bryant Gumbel.

The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Rick Bernstein; Joe Perskie is senior producer.